I don’t know about you, buy my brain overflows with ideas when I am on Pinterest. Lately, it has really been in overdrive seeing all these fantastic rustic signs everyone is making. Everyone except me. Until now. I FINALLY took the time and made one. It’s super easy and you can make one too!
As you know, I recently remodeled two bathrooms in our home. I LOVE remodeling but sometimes get a wee bit lazy with the finishing touches. I finished the first bathroom remodel (see it here!) over a year ago and still didn’t have a thing on the walls. Enter into the story a chance encounter with a pallet sign at Walmart, Pinterest, and a paint marker, and I become a sign maker! Woo hoo!
This project was seriously so simple – anyone can do it. I found this small gray stained pallet sign at our Walmart. They carry them in the craft aisle constantly in our store. There are different finishes and even a corrugated metal one that I can’t wait to try. They come in different sizes and all run about $10. No board cutting or staining. How simple is that? I then bought an ultra thin tip white paint marker from the same aisle. All the stuff you need for under $15. Now you just need to free up a couple of hours and then you can say “I made that”!
Stuff you need:
• Wood pallet (you can buy one or make one). This one came with the hanging rope and everything. I did nothing but put it in the cart!
• Ultra fine tip white paint maker. The smaller tip makes it easier to be in control. Pick whatever color you want for your sign.
• Printer to print your chosen font unless you are going to free hand it!
How do you do it:
• First, you need to decide what your sign will say and pick the font you want to use. Then you need to print out a few letters at a time until you find the right size for your words. I do this by trial and error. Word has a lot of fonts that are great. If you want to search, there are a ton of free fonts on the internet to download as well. I used a font called Playlist and it is easy to find on the web if you Google it. I had to increase the size to around 170 and print it in landscape view to get the look I wanted.
• Once you have the words all ready and printed out, center them and lay them out onto your pallet. I stuck mine down with painter’s tape so I didn’t remove the finish.
• To transfer the words, I used an ink pen to trace/carve along the outside of the letters. This can be time-consuming because you have to work it back and forth to create a consistent enough outline to see later. Use the first letter to test out how hard you will need to press. I had to press pretty hard because my sign was rough pallet wood! This is the old school way to do this and it totally works. My next sign I think I will try the chalk or pencil transfer method. It seems like it may be easier. Denise at Salvaged Inspirations has a great, detailed post about this method. I have included a link to it here.
• After you get the feeling back in your hand (that’s funny after you do it) and your words are carved into the sign, it is time to do some painting. Use the paint maker to trace around the imprint and fill in the letters. I only did one coat so it would allow a little of the underneath to show through. And done!
How easy was that? I was shocked at how simple it was. Now get to it! Don’t forget to send me a picture of your sign.
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